I did, however, enjoy Horace Dediu's response today on Asymco, his very well-written tech-industry blog. (Yes, I read such things, so sue me.) And I think "The Asymco Way" is germane not only to this blog, but to anyone who creates content on the internet. In short, Dediu says:
- Learn by writing. Teach by listening.Yes to every one of those. And, if I were going to create a "Ward Six Way" I might add the following: Respect one's fellow writers not only with praise, but with constructive criticism, when warranted. Avoid cynicism. Substitute rigor for snark. Have a sense of humor. Educate yourself well on a topic before commenting on it.
- Improve. Move the intellectual ball forward.
- Illuminate topics which are bereft of analysis.
- Be notable. [...] How likely is the idea to being widely re-published?
- Review. Encourage participation by reading all comments and reply to as many as possible.
- Repair. Declare and correct errors.
- Select. Publish only when the contribution is unique. Avoid redundancy, clutter and noise.
And Dediu's closing remark could be seen as a golden rule for anyone seeking a career in writing or publishing. He writes: "What about the business model? I’m afraid there isn’t one. I’m still naive enough to think that if I build a great product then everything else will take care of itself."
Here's hoping we all stay naive, indefinitely.